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blinkbiker87 wrote an answer about on August 12, 2010

Cillian, first of all this jacket is awesome. I have the Candy Apple Red and its pretty well the best looking jacket I have ever seen. Its light, durable and Im stoked to go alpine and ice climbing with it this winter. In terms of size, I think this jacket fits a bit big. This is emphasized by the AR denotation, meaning 'all around' so you can do whatever with it. Its meant to be layered with. I find I have to size down with arc for the 'slim' fit I like. I am about 6 feet and 160 and the small fits great with a t shirt but can still handle a down layer ect. I would go with the XS because I think you would be swimming in the small.

Hope this helps!

Larry

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blinkbiker87

blinkbiker87 wrote an answer about on May 27, 2010

Something that should be considered to is the intended use. The mountain guide has a bit roomier of a fit because its made to layer, more of an alpine environment, where the theta is in the AR line (all around) so its really good for everything. And, contrary to comments above, I'm pretty sure that its made in Canada...I work at an arcteryx retailer and a co-worker ordered one. Says made in Canada. Another thing about the warranties: arcteryx is NOT going out of business...don't really know why that comment was made. Also the lifetime warranty is NOT your lifetime, its the lifetime of the product (About 8 yrs). And as far as I have heard, being in the industry, nothing tops arcteryx' customer service. And one last thing (I hate to diss TNF, but I love arcteryx!!!) Arcteryx is the ONLY outdoor company that OWNS the factories where their product is made. TNF, Marmot, Mtn Hardwear ect all make great stuff, but the actual factories where the product is made is owned by another company. I think this could have effects on QC issues but thats just my opinion. Good luck with your purchase!

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blinkbiker87 wrote an answer about on April 14, 2010

Some waterproof breathable companies (ie gore) don't recommend the wash in DWR treatment. This is actually listed right on their website under the 'washing/care center' the wash in treatment applies a DWR on BOTH sides of the jacket because its all submersed in water. You dont want the inside of teh jacket to repel moisture...because it needs to pass that moisture through the membrane out into the coat. This will inhibit the breath ability of the jacket. Use the spray on that nikwax offers. You can then only apply to the OUTSIDE of the jacket! And then toss it in the dryer to activate it I beleive.

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